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Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Scott Turow

Scott Turow, The Last Trial: A Novel

Two formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" and New York Times bestseller about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder (David Baldacci).

At eighty-five years old, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial.

In a case that will be the defining coda to both men's accomplished lives, Stern probes beneath the surface of his friend's dazzling veneer as a distinguished cancer researcher. As the trial progresses, he will question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Despite Pafko's many failings, is he innocent of the terrible charges laid against him? How far will Stern go to save his friend, and -- no matter the trial's outcome -- will he ever know the truth?

Stern's duty to defend his client and his belief in the power of the judicial system both face a final, terrible test in the courtroom, where the evidence and reality are sometimes worlds apart.

Scott Turow is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Trial, and an additional eleven bestselling works of fiction, including Testimony, Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

Full of the deep insights into the spaces where the fragility of human nature and the justice system collide, Scott Turow's The Last Trial is a masterful legal thriller that unfolds in page-turning suspense -- and questions how we measure a life.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

All books include shipping. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Virtual Ticket $11
Paperback copy of The Last Trial + 1 ticket $25

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Wed, Jan 27
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Wed, Jan 27
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Gabrielle Glaser

Gabrielle Glaser, American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist | ZOOM Webinar + Q & A

In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Despite Margaret’s intentions to marry her child’s father and her desperation to keep her baby boy, Margaret was coerced into signing away her parental rights. After only two brief visits, Margaret’s son vanished into an adoption agency’s hold and out of Margaret’s reach for decades to come. In AMERICAN BABY: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption, New York Times bestselling author and journalist Gabrielle Glaser explores the untold story of a predatory, secret adoption system in postwar America through the dual stories of Margaret and the son she never intended to give up.

In revelatory detail AMERICAN BABY examines how the exploitative adoptive system placed children with hopeful families, fabricated stories about infants’ origins and destinations, then closed the door firmly between the parties forever. Glaser brilliantly maps the rise of the adoption business, an industry that expanded at the height of the Baby Boom on the backs of “girls in trouble” and the infertile couples determined to fit the mold of the nuclear family.

Glaser demonstrates the obstacles millions of young women faced — through their forced stays in maternity homes, and the closed records that made it virtually impossible to reconnect with them even decades later. Using years of research and collected interviews with more than one hundred birth mothers and adoptees, Glaser discusses:

  • The pseudoscientific, government-funded experiments behind guaranteeing parents ‘blue-ribbon babies’.
  • The widespread practice of using children surrendered for adoption as “human dolls” for home economics students learning to become mothers.
  • What women had to endure in the maternity homes, where they were denied agency to their own bodies.
  • How open adoption is the rule today, but the identities of many who were adopted or who surrendered a child in the postwar decades are locked in sealed files to this day.
AMERICAN BABY is a tale of love, loss, and the search for identity, and ultimately shows a path to justice and healing after years of shame and secrecy. 
 
Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Member/Community Virtual Ticket $11

One hardcover copy of American Baby + one virtual ticket (includes shipping to the US and Canada only) $35

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Sun, Jan 31
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Sun, Jan 31
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands, The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive | In conversation with Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies | Zoom Author Talk and Q & A

“Hypnotic, shocking, and unputdownable.” –John le Carré

From the author of the internationally acclaimed, award-winning East West Street: A tale of Nazi lives, mass murder, love, cold war espionage, a mysterious death in the Vatican–and “the Ratline,” the Nazi escape route to Peron’s Argentina.

Baron Otto von Wächter, Austrian lawyer, husband, father, high Nazi official, senior SS officer, former governor of Galicia during the war, creator and overseer of the Krakow ghetto, indicted after as a war criminal for the mass murder of more than 100,000 Poles, hunted by the Soviets, the Americans, the British, by Simon Wiesenthal, on the run for three years, from 1945 to 1948...

Philippe Sands pieces together, in riveting detail, Wächter’s extraordinary, shocking story. Given full access to the Wächter family archives–journals, diaries, tapes, and more–and with the assistance of the Wächters’ son Horst, who believes his father to have been a “good man,” Sands writes of Wächter’s rise through the Nazi high command, his “blissful” marriage and family life as their world was brought to ruin, and his four-year flight to escape justice–to the Tirol, to Rome, and the Vatican; given a new identity, on his way to a new life via “the Ratline” to Perón’s Argentina, the escape route taken by Eichmann, Mengele, and thousands of other Nazis. Wächter’s escape was cut short by his mysterious, shocking death in Rome, in the midst of the burgeoning Cold War (was he being recruited in postwar Italy by the Americans and the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps or by the Soviet NKVD or by both; or was he poisoned by one side or the other, as his son believes–or by both?) . . .

An extraordinary discovery, told up-close through access to a trove of family correspondence between Wächter and his wife–part historical detective story, part love story, part family memoir, part Cold War espionage thriller.

PHILIPPE SANDS is an international lawyer and, since 2018, the president of English PEN. He is a frequent commentator on CNN and the BBC World Service. In 2003 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. He lives in London.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

Virtual ticket $6, Virtual ticket and The Ratline Book $36

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Sun, Feb 7
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Sun, Feb 7
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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For information, please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org

Peter Rabins - Co Author of The 36-Hour Day, a #1 Bestseller

The 36-Hour Day - The Definitive Dementia Care Guide
Part of the Caregiver Speaker Series

Meet and learn from Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH and coauthor of The 36-Hour Day, who’s book has been an essential resource for family members who love and care for people living with dementia. 
Dr. Rabins will address some of the challenges that care-partners face while offering useful takeaway messages to cope with their own needs and emotions. He will share ideas on improving the lives of those living with dementia and those caring for them.   

Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, is professor emeritus of psychiatry and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of its geriatric psychiatry program and the first holder of the Richman Family Professorship of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders.
 
Registration required

For more information, contact Judi Nahary at 201-408-1450 or email jnahary@jccotp.org

 

Tue, Feb 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Tue, Feb 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


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Celebrity Authors In Your Living Room Presents Bill Gates

Zoom Webinar Author Talk and Q & A | In Conversation with Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor, "Weekend Today" and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent
 
How To Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and The Breakthroughs We Need

In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

Kristen Welker is the co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY” and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent whose hard-hitting political reporting appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY,” “Meet the Press,” and NBCNews.com. She moderated the final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on October 22, 2020 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Welker, a native of Philadelphia, graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in American history. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband John Hughes. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium, A Cappella Books, Atlanta, and Books & Books, Coral Gables.

This event requires a book purchase for access to the Zoom stream. Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix. Zoom links will be sent out 24 hours in advance of the program and again, one hour before. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

Book purchases include tax and shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event; please allow 7 - 10 business days for delivery due to Covid-related USPS delays!

One hardcover copy of book + one virtual ticket (includes shipping to the US and Canada only) $36

Click here to register

Wed, Feb 24
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Wed, Feb 24
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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For information, please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race | ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would.

Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions.

Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids?

After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.

Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Visit him at Isaacson.Tulane.edu.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

Virtual ticket $11, Virtual ticket and book $38

Click here to register. 

Thu, Mar 4
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Thu, Mar 4
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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For information, please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch, You're Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility | In Conversation with Dave Barry, NYT Bestselling Author | ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

From the New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort comes a timely and hilarious chronicle of downward mobility, financial and emotional. With signature “sharp wit” (NPR), Annabelle Gurwitch gives irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proving that our no-frills new normal doesn’t mean a deficit of humor.

In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool and flunks the magic of tidying up.

You’re Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of
strangers. Even in a Zoom.

Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of I See You Made an Effort (a New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist); Wherever You Go, There They Are; You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (coauthored with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (also a Showtime Comedy Special). She's written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine, and was a regular contributor to NPR. The longtime cohost of Dinner & a Movie, she performs with the Moth Mainstage and at arts centers around the country. She lives with her child—a college graduate of the COVID class of 2020—a cat, and an assortment of tenants and their comfort animals in Los Angeles.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Virtual ticket $6, Virtual ticket and book $35

Click here to register

Thu, Mar 11
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Thu, Mar 11
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
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For information, please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org

Sunday of Strong Women

One of our most popular events is re-imagined to suit our times. While the logistics will be different, the heart of this wonderful day will be the same. Come together for a day of laughs, lunch and loads of inspiration.

Hear the voices of three strong women with unique stories to tell. Audacious and tenacious, three women authors will engage, enlighten and entertain.

Please check back in the coming weeks for further details.

Supported in part by the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Endowment Fund.

Sun, Mar 21
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Sun, Mar 21
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org

Celebrity Authors in Your Living Room: Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline, Eternal: A Novel | ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Eternal is the culmination of a lifetime of work: a sweeping historical epic fueled by devastating true events. Named for Rome, the Eternal City, this moving novel lifted from the pages of history is the book that Scottoline was born to write. It will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of readers, as will the powerful truth it asserts—what war destroys, only love can heal.

Set in Rome during the ventennio, the twenty years of Mussolini’s rise and fall, Eternal centers on Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro, who grew up as the best of friends despite their differences. Elisabetta is a feisty beauty who dreams of becoming a novelist; Marco, a brash and athletic son in a family of professional cyclists; and Sandro, a Jewish mathematics prodigy, kindhearted and thoughtful, the son of a lawyer and a doctor. Their friendship blossoms to love, with both Sandro and Marco hoping to win Elisabetta's heart.

Now, their relationships are changing—as is the world around them. In the autumn of 1937, Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis and changing the very laws that govern Rome. The Nazis invade and occupy Rome, perpetrating new atrocities against the city's Jews, culminating in a final, horrific betrayal. Against this backdrop, the intertwined fates of Elisabetta, Marco, Sandro, and their families will be decided. Unfolding over decades, Eternal is a saga of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and hate—all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment.  

Lisa Scottoline is the #1 bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of thirty-three novels. She has over thirty million copies of her books in print in the United States and has been published in thirty-five countries. Scottoline also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for the Philadelphia Inquirer, which have been adapted into a series of memoirs. She has served as President of the Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice in Fiction,” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area. Visit her at: www.scottoline.com

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email from Showclix that will have your Zoom link in it. Additionally, you will receive two reminder emails, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your spam/junk folder. Still have questions? Please email book.festival@atlantajcc.org.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Virtual Ticket $6, Virtual ticket and book $36

Click here to register

Wed, Mar 24
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Call For Info
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Wed, Mar 24
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Call For Info
40BKLS01W1

For information, please email bookfestival@atlantajcc.org